Fox News presenter claims he hasn't washed his hands in a decade because 'germs don't exist'

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Pete Hegseth (Getty Images)

A Fox news presenter has claimed he hasn’t washed his hands in a decade because “germs don’t exist”.

Pete Hegseth told the Fox and Friends audience on Sunday morning that he hasn’t washed his hands in a decade.

The revelation came after co-hosts Ed Henry and Jedediah Bila questioned Hegseth’s off-camera consumption of pizza left out after National Pizza Day, on Saturday – Newsweek reports.

In response Mr Hegseth argued that pizza “lasts for a long time.”

Pete Hegseth appeared to disgust his cohosts with his bizarre claim.

Bila then quipped Hegseth “might take a chomp out of” anything on a table “that’s not nailed down”—including mugs.

Mr Hegseth said: “My 2019 resolution is to say things on air that I say off air… I don’t think I’ve washed my hands for 10 years. Really, I don’t really wash my hands ever.”

“Someone help me,” Bila said. “Oh man.”

“I innoculate myself. Germs are not a real thing. I can’t see them. Therefore they’re not real,” Mr Hegseth said.

However, the stance is not reflected by public health organisations.

“A single gram of human feces—which is about the weight of a paper clip—can contain one trillion germs,” said a spokesman for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hegseth later shared a Tweet in support of his unusual concept of health and hygiene with the hashtag “DontWash.”